The general complaint and a phrase often heard from fans at Priory Lane lately is that it has all gone a bit ‘stale.’
Just 508 fans attended Eastbourne Borough’s hardworking FA Trophy draw against Dartford last Saturday with the visitors bringing approximately 100.
Boro’ remain the seventh highest supported club in the Blue Square South so far this season but the atmosphere at the Lane recently has been flat with little for fans to get excited about on the pitch.
The previous three seasons during the Blue Square Premier, Priory Lane was attracting the likes of Luton, Cambridge and AFC Wimbledon.
All brought a big following and helped push average attendances up to 1,344 in season 2008-09. In the 2010-11 relegation season the average dipped to 1,105 and so far this season the league average is 703 - a drop of 36 per cent.
And unless results and performances improve on the pitch it’s hard to see attendances increasing.
‘The club are happy to sit in the Blue Square South they don’t want promotion....
‘If Borough did happen to reach the play-offs or go up it would be their worst nightmare as they would just face the same problems as they did last year.’
These were just two of the accusations levelled at the club by supporters who paid their £12 to watch last Saturday’s FA Trophy stalemate.
So is the club in limbo? Not according to Boss Garry Wilson, “I can understand the frustration and sometimes it can take a while to adjust after a relegation. I think a few people have been waiting for us to have a bad run and waiting to lay into us.
“We know what we are trying to achieve and we have a squad more than capable of competing in this division.
“The crowd for the Trophy match was quite low but you will see that in the earlier rounds.
“I’m confident we can hit a bit of form and when we start winning games the crowd will get behind us. It’s all about results and we have to start delivering.”